FSU holds on to beat Florida

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Round one goes to the Seminoles.

As part of Florida-Florida State weekend, the No. 20 Seminoles topped the Gators 81-78 at the O’Connell Center on Friday night.

FSU easily erased a 4-point deficit at the half and hung on late for its fourth win in its last five games against the Gators.

FSU will go for a doubleheader sweep as the men's teams face off later tonight.

The win was particularly impressive for the Seminoles (5-1), given that center Britany Miller missed the game with an ankle injury.

"That's two teams playing really, really hard,” FSU coach Sue Semrau said "We had to match their intensity in order to win the basketball game. It's not an easy thing to do when you're without your starting center."

Junior guard Tanae Davis-Cain paced FSU with 27 points, including five three-pointers.

She also had to guard Florida's leading scorer, Marshae Dotson, at times as the Seminoles experimented with
different rotations.

"I just can't say enough about the play of Tanae Davis-Cain," Semrau said. "She attacked on offensive end. She guarded Marshae Dotson on the defensive end. I thought she did a great job, especially in the second half."
Play of the Game: FSU's Shante Williams' layup with 26 seconds to go. That upped FSU's lead to 80-76 and ended up being the game winner.

Player of the Game: Davis Cain. Her 27 points were a game high. Honorable mention goes to Dotson, who dominated down low for 22 points and 15 rebounds.

Up Next: Florida hosts Stetson on Monday, while FSU is at Indiana next Friday.

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